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People Eaters pluck Novice ringette win

Vernon Stingers’ Riley Martian tries to skate past a Kelowna Dragons’ defender in their Tween C ringette league final Sunday morning at Priest Valley Arena. The Dragons won 8-3.

Mackenzie Munro and Kalen Webster each fired two goals as the Vernon People Eaters shaded Salmon Arm 5-4 in Novice ringette action Saturday.

Julie Francis recorded the winner with two minutes remaining. 

Head coach Lance Spillett had high praise for netminder Josey Nerling, forwards Georgia Lannon and Kinsey Corday and defenceman Kayla Spillett. 

In other Novice action, Kyra Olsen and Kenzie Koshure each turned hat tricks as the North Enderby Timber Lightning outworked the West Kelowna Icebreakers for a 9-8 upset win Sunday night. 

Bryn Taylor-Hawes set up Olsen’s winner with a beautiful pass from behind the net. Also providing Lightning offence were Hailey Quiring, with a pair, and Rylie Marchand. Netminder Giselle Torres earned the win.

The Nixon Wenger Stingers earned a berth in Tween C provincials with a 1-1-1 record at the TORL playdowns over the last two weekends.

The Stingers grounded Shuswap 13-2, tied West Kelowna 7-7 and fell 2-1 to Kelowna to finish second out of four teams.

Having placed second, the Stingers met the Kelowna Demons in the final, falling 8-3 Sunday morning at Priest Valley Arena.

The Stingers fought hard in the first period, trailing 3-1 at the break. Riley Martian scored early in the second period to make it 3-2, but Kelowna replied with four unanswered goals to pull away. 

Jocelyn Jones and Martian the Stingers’ other goals.

The Stingers thanked the parents and fans who attended their games. Provincials go March 9-12 in Burnaby.

In Junior A weekend play, the Jacura Trucking bowed 5-4 in overtime to Kelowna in the TORL Cup final at PV.

The two teams thrilled fans with a fast-paced, back-and-forth game. Kelowna forced OT with just over two minutes to play, and recorded the winner after eight minutes of extra time.

The four Vernon goals came from Briana Ostafie, Whitney Jacura, Erin Banning and Nicole Williams. Assists went to Shelby Fisher, Amy Wuenche and Shelby Munk. 

Genny Stevenson was brilliant in goal, supported by solid defence from Brianna Thalheimer, Fisher, Kendra Racine and Ostafie. The two-way play of centres Williams, Wuenche and Danielle Butler, and forwards, Teri-Lynn Blatney, Banning, Munk and Jacura kept the pressure up front.

The Storm are also heading to provincials in Burnaby.

The short-benched Bunny Dynamite had to borrow players from the opposition in a 5-4 loss to West Kelowna Sunday. 

Scoring for Vernon were Sierra Spillett, Katie Finlayson and Danika Bellamy. Emma Roine, Nate Williamson, Brooklyn Charest and Taliya Yamaoka provided strong defence.

In other Bunny action, Chayse Krause and Tye Krause each scored three goals as the Vernon Shooting Stars rallied again for an 8-4 win over Kelowna on Saturday.

Kaila Summerfelt and Paige Edgar each had singles for Vernon.


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